Video Library

The following titles are available for viewing at the Instructional Media Library located in room 46 of the Powell Building. They can be contacted at (310) 825-0755. Titles with an asterisk (*) are kept at the Center office.

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Pacific Asia Museum with Huell Howser

Huell Howser Producations 2007 DVD color 30

Credits: Host: Huell Howser

Summary: In a special episode of "California's Gold," host Huell Howser tours the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California. The museum is one of only four institutions in the United States dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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Page of Madness, A
(Kurutta Ippeji)

Foreign Film Classics/Silent Screen Classics 1927 VHS b&w 30

Credits: Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa; Screenplay: Yasunari Kawabata, Teinosuke Kinugasa

Summary: An elderly man works at odd jobs in the lunatic asylum in hopes to set his wife free who is confined after having attempted to drown her baby son in a fit of madness many years ago. It honestly depicts a rather unpleasant subject and gives a subjective view of the hero's world.

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*Perfect Blue

Manga Video 1997 VHS Color 80

Credits: Director: Satoshi Kon; Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai; Producer: Hiroaki Inoue; Musics: Masahiro Ikumi; Cinematography: Hisao Shirai; Art Director: Nobutaka Ike. Cast Includes: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki ďkura.

Summary: Pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery. Mima's life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares. Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima discovers Internet sites describing every intimate detail of her life. Helpless and afraid, she watches as her associates are threatened and killed by a mysterious stalker. In the tradition of great suspense masters, directed Satoshi Kon (Memories), special advisor Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Madhouse Studios (Ninja Scroll), bring Yoshikazu Takeuchi's thrilling suspense novel to the screen, in a tour de force that brings animation to a bold new level. Reviews.

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*The Performing Arts: Part I
(Program 11 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Describes traditional performing arts of Japan including gagaku & bugaku, No, Kabuki, and Bunraku.

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*The Performing Arts: Part II
(Program 12 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Continues the discussion of Japan's performing arts introduced in Part I. Also presents a selection of modern theatical offerings including cinema and the works of director Akira Kurosawa.

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*Pictures at an Election or How to Get Votes in Japan

Axel Klein, German Institute for Japanese Studies 2008 DVD color 68

Credits: Okawara Masako, Yamaguchi Natsuo, Suzuki Kan, Marukawa Tamayo, Nakamura Keiichiro, Hosaka Sanzo, Kawada Ryuhei, Dr. Nakamatsu, Tanaka Yasuo, Mac Akasaka, Yamauchi Kazuhiko, Tamura Tomoko, Hosaka Nobuto, Sugiura Hitomi, Kakita Tomohiko, Sakurai Hajime, Matsumaru Makoto, Sato Norito, Hoshino Yayoi, Nishi Emiko, Arimatsu, Junichiro, Shioda Mieko, Sato Yutaka, Tsubogo Minoru, Otsuka Taku, Kazuma Naoki, Claus Harmer, Jack Merluzzi, Sabine Brink, Julia Lange, Junko Ando, Barbara Holthus, Suzuki Ayako, Asano Keiko, Ingo Klein

Summary: A documentary filmed virtually "single-handedly" by political scientist Axel Klein during the 17 days of electoral campaigning in July 2007.

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Picturesque Japan

Out of print 1951 16mm color 20

Credits: Japan Travel Information Office

Summary: Presents scenes of points of interest to tourists in Japan.

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Portrait of an Onnagata

Films for the Humanities & Sciences 1995 VHS color 30

Credits: Japan Travel Information Office

Summary: This program looks at the history of Kabuki and the role of women, and looks particularly at the dynastic development of the onnagata- the female impersonator- and the intricate techniques and details by which a thoroughly masculine male transforms himself into a man's dream of the womanly woman: more feminine and more perfect than any real woman, young lover, geisha, or princess.

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Principles and Practices of Zen

Films for the Humanities & Sciences 1992 VHS 130

Credits: Mitsuhiro Wada; NHK - Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Summary: Follows a Zen student priest to show the physical and mental discipline associated with the process leading to satori, or enlightenment. Demonstrates the rigors and estetic delicacy, as well as the personal abnegation and the devotion to principles demanded of a Zen master.

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Proper Place in the World
(Japan, Part 4)

MPI Video 1987 VHS color 60

Credits: WTTW-TV, Chicago and Central Independent Television. Hosted by Jane Seymour.

Summary: Examines Japan's emergence onto the world state during the 20th century, exploring the different actions and reactions of the nature during World War II and the postwar American occupation.

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Rain of Ruin: A photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Video Project 1995 VHS color 56

Credits: Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger.

Summary: Rain of Ruin presents a definitive examination of the political and military history of the three months leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan - a little understood period that shaped the world's geo-political landscape for the next 50 years. Two historical scholars present the principal theories which explain why the bombing occurred, revealing it to be a more complex event than normally believed.

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Ran

CBS-Fox Video 1985 VHS color 160

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Music: Toru Takemitsu, Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai, Takao Sait˘, Masaharu Ueda; Producer: Katsumi Furukawa, Masato Hara, Hisao Kurosawa, Serge Silberman. Cast Includes: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Masayuki Yui, Kazuo Kato, Peter, Hitoshi Ueki, Jun Tazaki, Norio Matsui, Hisashi Igawa, Kenji Kodama, Toshiya Ito, Takeshi Kato, Takashi Nomura, Tokie Kanda, Sawako Kochi, Reiko Nanjo, Kumeko Otowa, Heihachiro Suzuki, Haruko Togo.

Summary: Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed masterpiece, an interpretation of "King Lear" mixing Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty. Set in 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his hard-won kingdom among three sons. Ensuing events ultimately drive the old man insane, shatter his kingdom, and destroy his family. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Rashomon

Embassy Home Video 1950 VHS b&w 83

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto; Producer: Minoru Jingo, Masaichi Nagata; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa; Music: Fumio Hayasaka. Cast Includes: Toshir˘ Mifune, Machiko Ky˘, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Fumiko Honma, Daisuke Kat˘. <

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Summary: Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed story of a murder and rape, told in flashback from four different points of view. Each interpretation presents the teller in a favorable light, raising questions about the nature of truth. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Rebirth of a Nation
(Program 7 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Discusses Japan's post-war years with its reforms centering around the new Constitution which went into effect on May 3, 1947. Includes Japan's "economic miracle" recovery, the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951, and the renegotiation of the Security Treaty, Dwight D. Eisenhower's visit to Japan, and rioting in Tokyo in 1960.

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Record of a Tenement Gentleman
(Nagaya shinshiroku)

New Yorker Video 1947 VHS color 28

Credits: Director: Yasujiro Ozu; Screenplay: Tadao Ikeda, Yasujiro Ozu. Cast Includes: Hohi Aoki, Choko Iida, Shohichi Kawamura, Hideko Mimura, Eitar˘ Ozawa, Chishu Ryu, Takeshi Sakamoto, Eiko Takamatsu, Mitsuko Yoshikawa.

Summary: This timeless classic follows the hilarious misadventures of an abandoned child who picks an unwilling surrogate mother: a grumpy, independent, middle-aged widow. Although the little boy's chronic bedwetting threatens to ruin their developing relationship, ultimately the hardened, childless woman realizes her life is richer and sweeter because of her growing affection for the child. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Red Lion
(Akage)

Samurai Cinema 1969 VHS color 116

Credits: Director: Kihachi Okamoto; Screenplay: Sakae Hirosawa, Kihachi Okamoto. Cast Includes: Toshir˘ Mifune, Etsushi Takahashi, Shigeru K˘yama, No Terada, Shima Iwashita, Yunosuke Ito, Tokue Hanazawa, Takahiro Tamura, Yűko Mochizuki, Kawai Okada, Nobuko Otowa, Minori Terada, Jitsuko Yoshimura.

Summary: When winds of change sweep Japan, overthrowing three centuries of Shogunate Rule, Gonzo, a peasant, enlists in the Imperial Restoration Force, which promises to reform the oppressive practices of the past. When the advance guard approaches his old home town, he convinces his commander to let him ride ahead and prepare the locals for the advent of the New World Order. When he triumphantly rides into town wearing the Red Lion Mane of office he borrowed from his commander, he expects a warm welcome, but gets far more than he bargained for. His friends think he's going to save them, the incompetent local officials think he's after their heads, a secret band of Shogunate fanatics want him dead and he can't even read his own proclamations! In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Religious Experience: Part I
(Program 13 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Explores a variety of ways the Japanese express their religious impulses. Emphasises the sense of appreciation of ritual in everyday life.

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*Religious Experience: Part II
(Program 14 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Emphasizes the Japanese practice of mixing the Shinto, Buddhist, and Christian religions.

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Reporter's Story, A
(Faces of Japan -
Program 17)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavett.

Summary: A look at journalism in Japan through the work of senior reporter Toshiyuki Takahashi. Covers the 1985 election for Prime Minister, as Toshiyuki visits press clubs to meet with senior public officials to track down leads and writie his story. Transcript available.

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*Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarian
(Program 2 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Presents the years between 1853, when Commodore Perry "opened" Japan, to the Meiji Restoration of 1868.

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*Rich Country, Strong Military
(Program 3 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Chronicles the development of Japanese government and society during the Meiji period. Begins with the relocation of the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo and continues with the samurai revolts, the modeling of the new Japanese government on imperial Germany, the Constitution of 1889, the Rescript on Education, the modernization and industrialization of the economy, and the death of the Meiji Emperor in 1912.

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Rikyu

Capitol Entertainment 1989 VHS color 116

Credits: Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara; Screenplay: Genpei Agasegawa, Hiroshi Teshigahara; Music: Toru Takemitsu; Cinematography: Fujio Morita. Cast Includes: Rentaro Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ky˘ko Kishida, Tanie Kitabayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Ryo Tamura, Koshiro Matsumoto, Kichiemon Nakamura, Yasosuke Bando, Akira Kubo, Keishi Arashi, Hisashi Igawa, Ichir˘ Zaitsu, Hideo Kanze, Masao Imafuku, Ruis Marques, Donald Richie.

Summary: A feature which illustrated the classic struggle between the impulse to create and the impulse to destroy. English subtitles. Reviews.

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Ripples of Change
(Onna kara onnatachi e)

Women Make Movies 1993 VHS color 57

Credits: Nanako Kurihara

Summary: Powerful political analysis is combined with passionate personal story in this exceptional documentary about the Japanese women's liberation movement in the 1970s and its influence on contemporary Japanese society.

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*Road to Disaster, The
(Program 6 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Discusses Japan's military and political activities from the "2-26 Incident&

quot; in 1926, to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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Romance of Silk, The

Out of print 1955 16mm b&w 14

Credits: Palmer Films

Summary: Describes the Japanese silk industry. Shows how primitive hand labor and factory methods are combined.

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Running and Running for Mayor
(Faces of Japan - Program 12)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavett.

Summary: A look at a village election in Japan, pitting Yutaka Yokosawa, a liquor store owner who has been mayor for twelve years, against innkeeper Waichi Shimokawa, who is unhappy with the status quo in their resort town. Transcript available.